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Amélie Chabannes Intimate Immensity and Lagerstatten

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As part of the critically acclaimed Crossing the Line Festival 2011, Amelie Chabannes will be performing LIVE both in person and streamed over the net.

The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Amelie about her latest piece:

“Master Plaster Blaster” – Amelie Chabannes – Crossing the Line Festival Article

… “Sugar, spice and everything nice” might be what little girls are made of, but grown women have a few more ingredients to add. This is true for artist Amelie Chabannes, who this summer amassed a wide range of objects and images to represent the depth of her identity. She then encased them in plaster so that she could excavate, explore and explode them live at the French Institute Alliance Française from Oct. 12-16 in her performance installation, “Intimate, Immensity and Lagerstatten.”

The term “Lagerstatten” refers to a territory rich in well-preserved fossils, and Ms. Chabannes wants “immensity” to feel both like a staged archeological dig and like “entering a being”.

The initial idea for the piece came to the Paris-born, Brooklyn-based artist after she stumbled upon a metaphor about the self as a building in Gaston Bachelard’s “Poetics of Space,” a book she is “bananas for,” she said. “I’ve read it again and again for 15 years. Everything started from that.”

For traditional galleries, this is a challenging piece. For starters, there’s nothing to sell. But FIAF’s Crossing the Line festival, which often supports genre and commerce-defying work, encouraged her mission to “get out of this classical thing of making art in the studio and then showing it.”

Ms. Chabannes will be uncovering herself each day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Given the kind of energy self-exploration requires, we wondered about lunch, and she said she’d be taking 15-minute breaks.

But don’t the French disdain rushed meals? “Totally,” she said. “It’s against my cultural identity.”

Written by Jon Cronin

October 12, 2011 at 15:42

Crossing the Line 2011: FIAF Fall Festival Trailer

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Crossing the Line 2011: FIAF Fall Festival Trailer from FIAF on Vimeo.

“One of the fall’s most exciting and thought provoking performance events”
—New York Times (2010)

The fifth edition of Crossing the Line, the annual fall festival of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), hits NYC September 17–October 16, 2011. Check back here for up-to-the-minute details and information. Full website and ticket sales will launch August 1.


Crossing the Line is conceived as a platform to present vibrant new developments in artistic practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions, the fifth annual edition of this transdisciplinary, genre-defying festival of contemporary arts provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and participant; to examine how artists help re-imagine the world around us; and to engage with the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution.

Written by Jon Cronin

July 11, 2011 at 19:02

Caravan Palace

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The Caravan Palace is quickly becoming one of the top international electro-swing bands. They played at our wedding back in 2006 and are currently on tour for the first time in the US. Check them out!

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January 12, 2010 at 17:22

Crossing the Line 2009 | matsune & subal – store

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I had a chance to visit one of the final events of the Crossing the Line 2009 festival on Saturday and before I write about the event, I would like to offer a huge round of applause and the loudest possible Bravo! to to Lili Chopra (Artistic Director at FIAF) and Simon Dove (Director, School of Dance at Arizona State University), for putting on THE best possible cultural event this city has seen in a while. If you didn’t get a chance to see any of the events, you really missed out this time, but there is always next year…

The event was – store – by: matsune & subal and the location was Luxe / Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. You had to see this to truely experience the whole. I will let the video try and tell the story, but unless you where a participant you can probably never figure it out.

Come on down to the Lower East Side and experience a “pop-up” the likes of which you’ve never seen!

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See the Photos!

For four days only, matsune & subal bring you “store” – a collection of more than 60 amazing and astonishing, unique performance products. Priced to sell! No budget too small! But when this store’s gone, it’s really gone. So don’t miss this brief opportunity to consume like you’ve never consumed before!

With both ingenuity and humor, store questions the consumption of art and our consumption of the consumption culture. It lets audiences/customers/viewers analyze their own roles as consumers of performance and as performers of consumption, as they purchase individualized performance products that they may consume on the spot, take away, or get delivered in the mail.

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October 7, 2009 at 17:10

BlueNefertiti’s Paris@Night: A French Cabaret – Galapagos Art Space – Brooklyn

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BlueNefertiti’s Paris@Night: A French Cabaret

Friday, October 23rd
Doors: 10pm/Show: 10:30pm

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BlueNefertiti’s style is a direct reflection of her vast influences in music…the eloquence of Edith Piaf, Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, and Minnie Ripperton; the sophistication of Joao Gilberto; the vocal acrobatics of Bobby McFerrin; and the dynamic duality of Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald.She began singing professionally with her older sister in France during the mid 1990’s; later forming the internationally renowned singing duo Les Nubians. After 10 years in the business, a myriad of encounters, recordings and awards, she is now outwardly expressing her inner workings… a cabaret style performance project aptly named Paris@Night.

With her sensual stage presence she lures you into her world of experimental frequencies… Electronic, Dub, Soul, House, Hip Hop, and then… with the sparkle in her eye… she subtly invites you to sink into your seats and travel through time and space to the era of great Jazz Standards and French Realism.

The show is an unconventional mélange of ingenious originals and innovative renditions of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Josephine Baker, Miriam Makeba, Dave Brubeck… and at any given moment, an unexpected guest may grace the stage with an impromptu display of their unique talents.

Welcome to Paris@Night – BlueNefertiti’s Ek’lectric Cabaret- where the Blues of past loves mingle with the Pink and Gold of life’s joys… the intensity of an eternal glimpse… the memory of a sacred moment… and the urge of colourful souls calling out for LOVE…

Kenny Muhammad [The Human Orchestra]

AnOuCh hiGh sOul

Amelie Chabannes
Antonia Dias Leite

Farid Abdi

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October 7, 2009 at 15:34

Crossing the Line 2009 | Raimund Hoghe – Boléro Variations

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Last night my wife Amelie and I attended Raimund Hoghe’s, Boléro Variations at The Dance Theater Workshop. This was his premiere tour in the US and this fact created major excitement throughout the theater. People were extremely elated, especially the theater loyalists. After finding out that Homeland Security would not allow one of the French performers to enter the states, because of “passport issues”, we were presented with a strong piece of organic, honest and vulnerable art. In my mind this was not a performance, but an art piece. The reason I make this distinction is because to view this as a performance, would not set your frame of reference properly. Many people where not prepared for the deliberate pacing and freedom that the piece established from the very beginning. I for one had difficulty dealing with the first act due to the fact that most of the things you see in this city are set to entertain the audience. We are not used to a slow pace, slow makes us uncomfortable, it’s almost a dirty word. When you speak about pace, you start to think about performance, when you think about art you lose the reference of pace. If you where in a museum and were looking at something that unfolded at it’s own pace, you probably wouldn’t make judgments about the timing. It is when you are seated in a theater, where the elements of time and audience engagement are considered. These things are difficult to grapple with when you witness something like Boléro Variations, that doesn’t even consider time on purpose. Overall, the experience was refreshing, unique and moving. The beauty and strength of the piece where exceptional. I hope that you all can see it tonight and let us know what you think!

Performer and choreographer Raimund Hoghe’s work questions conceptions of difference and expectations of the dancing body, advocating inclusive views of humanity and acceptance and celebration of self and others.

Created in Paris in 2007 and co-presented with Dance Theater Workshop, Boléro Variations features the music of Ravel’s Boléro, folksongs, and the soundtrack from the TV broadcast of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean’s ice-dancing performance at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo.

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September 25, 2009 at 16:21

Metamkine | Crossing The Line Festival

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Last Friday, I had the pleasure of experiencing the visual and auditory performance of Metamkine. As is my habit, I often try and come under-prepared for performances such as these. I try to not learn too much about what I am about to experience. This helps me feel what I personally feel, not clouded by reviews and preconceived notions of what I should look for and what the critics say is noteworthy. I don’t mind a trailer, but full previews are out.  I arrived at the FIAF to find that the show was about to begin and that my wife was stuck in a cab 10 minutes away, so I headed in solo, because the guy was giving me a look that said “you should get a seat because….” – I told her I would hold some seats and down I went. As I rode down the escalator, I noticed the beautiful videos of Marie Maillard and was delivered down into the theater ready and open for what was next.

The lights went out. The visuals and sounds entranced the audience into a hallucinogenic rabbit hole experience that pierced my ears, soothed my eyes and had a few people behind me looking like the guy from the Maxell commercial seen here:

The three artists performed live with vintage cinema projectors and other non identifiable (it was very dark, so dark that I never found my wife) pieces equipment positioned around the stage and theater and manged to “play” their instruments through the help of over 50 extension cords (so I was told). They used their hands, bodies and audio/video fragments to create an ambiance of tension and euphoria that took over the theater. Overall the entire experience was extremely interesting and creative and my only gripe was that “performers” where a bit out of view. I would have liked to have seen them more in the work. The visuals and audio where tremendous, but this is after all a “live” show in which people are part of. Perhaps I should have sat in the front row? Did you see the show? Let’s us know what you think in the comments below!

Founded in 1987 and based in Grenoble, Metamkine (known in French as La Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine) is made up of musician Jérôme Noetinger and filmmakers Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel. The trio’s research into the relationship between image and sound has resulted in works they refer to as live “musico-cinematic” creations. Through the use of mirrors, multiple projectors, a live soundtrack of tape fragments, and ingenious on-stage editing, they produce and direct a new film live—simultaneously a performance and its document. A sensory immersion that must be experienced to be believed, Metamkine is brought to Crossing the Line in cooperation with Anthology Film Archives.

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September 22, 2009 at 16:22